I always call myself a ‘peanut butter SNOB‘! What does that mean exactly? Well, simply put, I refuse to eat preservative-laden peanut butter. I choose to make my own peanut butter, which is so fun! There are different varieties of peanuts and I personally like Virginia peanuts or Jungle peanuts. I have used raw peanuts, roasted, salted, and unsalted varieties – the roasted and salted have more flavor and I don’t have to add anything. If using raw peanuts, you will need to add in some sweetener and some salt, but that is entirely up to you and your taste buds. Now, you can use this peanut butter formula with ANY nut or seed – such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. How exciting! Make your own unique nut butter combinations! The key in making your own nut butter is to let it process long enough – 6 minutes is the key. I have taken step by step pictures so you can see the evolution of perfectly smooth nut butter. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Begin by placing your peanuts in the bowl of a good food processor. I like to make big batches, so I use about 6 cups of peanuts, but you can use any amount you like.
Step 2: Place the lid on the food processor and press start. This is what the peanuts look like after 1 minute. This is a good ‘meal’ consistency to use for crusts, etc.
Step 3: Continue to process the peanuts for another minute. This is what the peanuts look like after 2 minutes.
Step 4: Continue to process the peanuts for another minute. This is what the peanuts look like after 3 minutes. Notice the peanuts have started to break down and become a coarse paste.
Step 5: Continue to process for another minute. This is what the peanuts look like after 4 minutes – this is the consistency that some store-bought natural peanut butters have. It is thick and the oil separates from the peanut mixture. I hate having to mix in the oil!
Step 6: Continue to process for another minute. This is what the peanuts look like after 5 minutes. Now we’re getting somewhere! There is still a little bit of texture in the peanut butter, but do you notice the nice ‘sheen’ that is developing?
Step 7: Continue to process for a final minute. This is what peanut butter should look like – smooth and velvety with a beautiful sheen from the peanut oil. Place this in a glass jar and refrigerate. The oil will not separate. Delicious!